MGMS Education Scholarships

The Michigan Gem and Mineral Society is dedicated to furthering the education of our youth. We would like to award two scholarships ($750.00 each) to graduating seniors from Jackson County (and bordering counties) High Schools. It is our intention to continue to provide these scholarships in future years.

This scholarship is open to graduating seniors from Jackson County, Michigan and bordering counties, and the funds must be used for post high school education. For seniors graduating in 2018, there are two (2) - $750.00 scholarships for study in the areas of Earth Sciences and Lapidary Arts. Membership in the MGMS is encouraged but not required.

The application MUST be POSTMARKED by MARCH 1, 2018.

These Earth Science fields include, but are not strictly limited to studies in Geology, Lapidary Arts, and Mineralogy. Additional areas in the broad field of Earth Sciences that will also be considered include, but are not limited to: GeoPhysics, Oceanography, Marine Biology, Forensics, Green Technologies, Astronomy, Meteorology, Chemistry, Metal Smithing, Gemology, Jewelry making, Metallurgy, or others in the Earth Science field.

Related fields where the student’s essay (see below) successfully makes a case for the area of study’s connection to Earth Science will be considered. Students interested in Teaching, (Including Elementary Education and Art), Engineering, Health Care, or Research and Technology, and are seeking degrees, training, or certification in the any of the above fields, are invited to apply.

The scholarship focuses on the following criteria:

  • Academic – minimum 2.8 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Community Service
  • Financial Need
  • At least 2 letters of recommendation (Only one of them may be a family member)
  • Resident of Jackson County or bordering county
  • 250-word essay

The 250-word essay must address the following criteria:

  • Career and Educational Goals
  • Commitment to your area of interest in the Earth Sciences or how geology, weather, the environment, and/or Lapidary Arts will affect what you do in your field

Your completed application must include:

Staple all pages together. Applications to be postmarked by MARCH 1, 2018 and send to:

  • MGMS
  • Attn: Education Committee
  • PO Box 633
  • Michigan Center, MI 49254

The Michigan Gem and Mineral Society’s Officers, and the Scholarship Committee will select the winners of these scholarships at the MGMS club meeting the second Saturday of March. If no applicants are considered acceptable, the scholarships will be retained by the Michigan Gem and Mineral Society.

Qualified recipients will be notified after the second week of March, 2018, and awards will be given during our 56th Annual Gem and Mineral Show, held at the Jackson County Fairground Events Building on March 16th, 17th, & 18th, 2018.

Award recipients will be asked to provide a picture that may be used for publicity purposes. This is not a requirement.

Print, copy, distribute forms as needed: